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The International Legal Framework for European Activities on Board the ISS

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Europe plays an important part in the international project to build an International Space Station (ISS), and did so from the start through the European Space Agency (ESA) with most of its member states being involved. The Liability Convention elaborates the general principle of state liability as it is provided for by the Outer Space Treaty. The Registration Convention of 1975, in elaborating the Outer Space Treaty's Article on registration and jurisdiction, has a limited number of Articles that are of importance for the ISS. The intergovernmental agreement (IGA) was the result of several years of negotiation following a proposal by the US Administration to develop an international orbiting facility for scientific and other purposes, and the invitation to US allies to become partners in this challenging project.

Keywords: European Space Agency (ESA); intergovernmental agreement (IGA); International Space Station (ISS); Liability Convention; Outer Space Treaty; Registration Convention



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